Posted March 30, 2020 09:17:13 A butterfly that has been spotted in New Zealand’s Waikato could be the only wild species left in the country, scientists say.
Key points: The butterfly is one of two in New South Wales that have been spotted at night during the breeding seasonScientists believe the bird is the only remaining wild species in New York stateThe bird has been tagged by an official with the National Bird Monitoring Program (NBMP)The National Bird Conservation Committee has confirmed that the bird was spotted by an NBMP official during the day at a site in Waikatipo, a suburb of Auckland.
“We are just getting started, but we are excited to see the rest of New Zealand,” NBMP director Andrew Smith said.
“The birds are beautiful and we want to share our enthusiasm with the people of New York.”
The bird was captured at night at the site by an NRMP official.
The NBMP has confirmed it was spotted at the same time as another bird, which was also tagged, and that it was a native species of the state of New Hampshire.
“What is special about this bird is that we know it is the native species, so the birds have to be a part of the community, but it is not part of their natural habitat,” Mr Smith said, adding that it would be interesting to compare its behaviour to that of other native birds.
“They are a bit different from the other birds in New England, but still very similar to them.”‘
A bit different’Mr Smith said he was unsure whether the bird’s behaviour suggested it had come from another species.
“It is definitely a bit strange,” he said.
The New York State Department of Natural Resources (NYDNR) has tagged the bird, but declined to release its name.
“This species is not native to New York, it is a migratory species and is found only in New Hampshire, and is very vulnerable,” Mr Brown said.”[It’s] one of the last remaining birds in the state and so it would make sense for us to tag it.”
He said the NBMP would be releasing more information on the bird and its behaviour, and would release a bird census next year.